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US Navy intelligence officer analyzes satellite data to execute a successful mission.


Every successful mission depends on intelligence that’s relevant, timely and accurate. And it’s up to Intelligence Officers to deliver it.

Every successful mission depends on intelligence that’s relevant, timely and accurate. And it’s up to Intelligence Officers to deliver it.

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Naval intelligence officer utilizes top secret satellite imagery to provide intel support to Naval forces.

About This Job

Direct the analysis of top-secret satellite imagery. Be the first to ascertain the implications of the latest spy reports. Use keen analytical abilities to perceive patterns in Internet chatter. Intelligence Officers serve at the forefront of national security as they:

  • Supervise the collection, analysis and dissemination of critical information
  • Provide intelligence support to US Naval forces and multinational military forces
  • Advise executive-level decision makers in US government
  • Lead Enlisted personnel in gathering and analyzing mission-sensitive intelligence
  • Serve as a key part of the Information Dominance Corps in its mission to gain a deep understanding of the inner workings of adversaries and developing unmatched knowledge of the battlespace during wartime
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As an Intelligence Officer, you will take on a wide variety of assignments, each one essential in its related mission or objective. This role may include:

  • Leading the planning, development, testing and deployment of information systems crucial to the intelligence process
  • Monitoring and analyzing maritime activities that pose a threat to national security, such as drug smuggling, illegal immigration, arms transfers, environmental mishaps and violations of UN sanctions
  • Delivering near-real-time operational intelligence assessment to high-level decision makers
  • Planning intelligence operations and managing intelligence programs
  • Enabling the collection of human intelligence
  • Leading teams of Enlisted experts who identify enemy targets for US or coalition forces
  • Overseeing the work of Intelligence Specialists – Enlisted Sailors (no degree required) who help convert information into intelligence

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Serving part-time as a Reservist, your duties will be carried out during your scheduled drilling and training periods. During monthly drilling, Intelligence Officers in the Navy Reserve typically work at a location close to their homes.

For annual training, they may serve anywhere in the world, whether on ships or on facilities on land both home and abroad.

Take a moment to learn more about the general roles and responsibilities of Reservists.

A Navy Reserve Intelligence Officer, LCDR Susanne Lyons, discusses the personal and professional opportunities that the Navy Reserve has offered her.

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Most of what you do in the Navy Reserve is considered training. The basic Navy Reserve commitment involves training a minimum of one weekend a month (referred to as drilling) and two weeks a year (referred to as Annual Training) – or the equivalent of that.

Intelligence Officers in the Navy Reserve serve in an Officer role. Before receiving the ongoing professional training that comes with this job, initial training requirements must be met.


For current or former Navy Officers (NAVET): Prior experience satisfies the initial leadership training requirement – so you will not need to go through Officer Training again.

For current or former Officers of military branches other than the Navy (OSVET), as well as for Officer candidates without prior military experience: You will need to meet the initial leadership training requirement by attending the 12-day Direct Commission Officer (DCO) School in Newport, R.I. This will count as your first Annual Training.

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Beyond professional credentials and certifications, Intelligence Officers can advance their education by:

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A four-year degree from a regionally accredited institution is required to work as an Intelligence Officer. It is preferred that the degree focuses on areas of study such as: international relations, political science, government, engineering, physical science, natural science, computer science, or other academic fields related to intelligence.

All candidates must also be: US citizens; willing to serve worldwide; and eligible for a special intelligence security clearance.

General qualifications may vary depending upon whether you’re currently serving, whether you’ve served before or whether you’ve never served before.

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Paid training. Competitive salary. Comprehensive health coverage. Generous vacation. World travel. The list goes on.